I moved here from Portland, Oregon last year and have been craving sushi pretty badly the last couple of months - sadly there didn't seem to be any sushi places up here (I've eaten sushi/sashimi at many places along I-5 - from San Diego to Seattle). My family and I make a habit of supporting small, family-owned businesses (I was one, not that long ago) so we jump on any chance to eat at smaller ""mom and pop"" places. Anyway, I read all the reviews about Syrnga on multiple sites and figured I'd give them a try (my daughter was also craving sushi so I took her there for her birthday). Here's my opinion based on a scale of 0 (it sucked) to 5 (it rocked):
Service: a 4. Our server was polite but was slow in getting drinks to the table, didn't check in on us during our meal. Other than that, the staff was very friendly and professional.
Food Quality: a 3. Was only okay. Personally, I felt the food quality needed to be exceptional to justify the high prices - the salmon in my roll had an ""off"" odor/flavor which should never occur when the fish is fresh.
Food Presentation: a 3. Was okay. . . not bad, but not great.
Ambiance: a 3. It looks like a typical small, family-owned sushi place - not classy, not trashy. . . just a ""cute little place"", IMHO.
Food Value (Cost): a 1. I find it abysmal that a basic Philly roll w/ 6 small pieces would cost $7 - (and $13 for a Vegas Roll). I'd expect prices like that in Seattle or SanFran. . . The bento boxes were more reasonably priced but didn't come w/ much.
I'm kinda bummed about this. . . I don't wanna make negative comments here because I really want to love this place. But I can't. I can't justify the high prices for the tiny portions and less-than-stellar quality. I don't plan on returning to Syringa - I'll probably just make my own sushi when the cravings get big (or until I find a really good sushi place). Like I said, I really wanna love this place - but it's not worth my money. . . This can't possibly be the best sushi in town. . .